Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates unveiled
the Windows Media Center Extender Technology, during his keynote
address at the recently concluded 2004 International Consumer Electronics
Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The software will power a new generation
of products that will extend the Media Center Edition PC experience.
This will allow consumers to access digital entertainment, such
as live and recorded television, photos, movies, and music that
reside on their Windows XP Media Center Edition PC, from any room
in the home -- regardless of where the PC is located. The Media
Center Extender technology will not only provide access to rich
content and services, but will enable devices throughout the home
to utilise the full processing and storage capabilities of the PC.
This creates new opportunities for services and provides unprecedented
choice and access to content for consumers.
Alienware, Dell, Samsung are among the original equipment manufacturers
(OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) working with Microsoft
to bring these products to market in a variety of hardware factors.
They include set-top boxes and televisions. Consumers can enjoy
the benefits of the Media Center Extender technology through a set-top
box connected to their television or can purchase a new television
with this technology fully integrated.
An official release informs that with a Media Center Extender product,
consumers who are using a Media Center PC to listen to music, record
television programmes, watch photo slide shows and home videos,
or download movies on demand can enjoy these experiences on a television
in one room even if their Media Center PC is being used at the same
time by a family member in another room. By combining the simplicity
of a unified digital media library on the Media Center PC with the
power of multiple Media Center Extender products that access the
Media Center PC simultaneously, Microsoft and industry partners
are delivering the most comprehensive, integrated and easy-to-use
digital home entertainment solution to consumers.